Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest

Donald Trump says his bluff on Twitter suggesting that he had taped conversations with former FBI Director James Comey "wasn't very stupid".

"He's very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome", Mr Trump told Fox News.

Ten days ago, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "While the president has every right to" fire Mr Mueller "he has no intention to do so".

Trump disputed Comey's testimony that he felt pressured by the president to drop the FBI's investigation of fired national security adviser Mike Flynn, as well as Comey's account that the president asked for loyalty from him. Instead, they're claiming that thanks to Trump's tweet suggesting tapes of his conversations with Comey existed, the president Jedi mind-tricked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director into telling the truth during his testimony.

But the president insists his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and that his firing of Comey did not obstruct justice.

Trump advocate Newt Gingrich urged the president to "rethink" Mr Mueller's position, saying: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

The President also addressed the nonexistent tapes of his conversations with Comey.

Shortly after Fox & Friends went off the air, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer joined Fox News for a live interview.

After all, it seems increasingly unlikely that evidence will emerge Trump engaged in any illegal collusion with Russian officials.

More recently, a Trump confidante told an interviewer that Trump was considering firing Mueller as well. When Trump asked then-FBI Director Comey whether he, Donald J. Trump, was being investigated by the FBI, Comey thrice said no.

Over the course of several months, and prior to his Senate hearing, Comey privately told Trump he wasn't being investigated in the ongoing Russian Federation probe - something Comey was reluctant to say publicly.

Ever since Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate President Trump, we have heard all sorts of rumors regarding exactly what he may be looking into.

Comey told lawmakers in testimony this month that as he laid awake in his northern Virginia bed a week after he was summarily fired, he chose to act - in large part because of Trump's tweet. "I can say that the people who have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters". So you never know what's out there, and I didn't tape and I don't have any tape and I didn't tape.

Two interviews on Friday indicate that the White House's line has now shifted.

The Trump Administration has moved to accommodate the President's dubious rhetoric in other ways.

Comey told a congressional panel that it was Trump's tweet suggesting the president made recordings of their conversations that spurred him to orchestrate leaks about his memos that documented the encounters.

His tweet came a day before he was required by Congress to hand over any such tapes.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 45 percent of respondents said they were more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the US Senate, as opposed to 22 percent who are more likely to believe the commander-in-chief.

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